Mustered into the 9th Maine Infantry on Sept. 22, 1861. He first saw action in the capture of Port Royal, S.C. and was involved in 3 assaults and a siege on Charleston's Battery Wagner.
Early in 1864, the regiment was assigned to the Army of the James and joined General Ben Butler in his operations against Richmond, Va. more than 70 men of the 9th Maine died during bitter fighting at Cold Harbor and Petersburg in June. Smith survived only to captured at Bermuda Hundred on August 25. He spent three weeks at Belle island Prison on the james River before being transferred to Libby Prison in Richmond.
Smith stayed in Libby prison only a month but hr rapidly developed severe lung & heart infections. Paroled in Oct. he went home for a lengthy convalescence. Although he eventually returned to his regiment the war was over for Smith, shortly after his return, the men of the 9th Maine were mustered out, on July 13, 1865. A shell of his former self, Smith was still one of the lucky ones; nearly a quarter of the 197 men of his company never came home.
Too weak for farming, Smith became a wagon maker in Carmel. He soon married his sweetheart, Adaline Maloon, and over the next several years, the couple had five children. Adaline died in 1880, and three years later, Smith succumbed to his wartime ailments. his children were sent to State Military and naval Children's home in Bath. Even today, Smith's descendants do not know where he was buried, only that it was in Maine.
Created by: JFJN Record added: May 05, 2011
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